Day in the Life of a Japanese Manga Creator


Mangaka day in the life in Japan also known as a Manga artist and manga creator. This documentary style video show the life of Mangaka from morning until the evening at the mangaka workplace, home and general mangaka working schedule. Working in Japan and Tokyo life is unique in itself, but even more unique for a Manga artist creating manga in Tokyo Japan. Mangaka illustrate manga commonly known as comic book. Maybe in Western societies, Mangaka are referred to as cartoonist or comic book illustrators. Manga creators in Japan with rensai status work with publishers to produce weekly manga. This Manga artist day in the life follows Reiji Miyajima 宮島礼吏 , who lives in Tokyo Japan and creates the manga Kanajo okarishimasu 彼女お借りします which translates to Rent a Girlfriend. Mangaka working in Japan often work in their home and set aside office space for them and their assistants. In fact, we also get a look into Mangaka Assistant life as well as how manga is created. Many Manga Creators work on serial comic books with weekly deadlines, meaning that each day of the work week in Japan is different as the manga creation process has to produce 1 new manga per week. Manga artist must not only know how to draw and create manga, but they also must know how to manage manga assistants. We even touch on Mangaka salary for first time manga creators. An inside look on how manga and comic books are made in Japan.

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  1. – If you missed any Day in the Life vids, here's the entire series playlist. Also, if you have questions about Japan, your travels, food, want to connect with people who love Japan, or even discuss this Mangaka video in realtime, check out my Paolo from Tokyo community on discord!

  2. Is it just me or was Quintessential Quintuplets playing on the TV there at 10:33? Damn they get to watch anime at the same time! Well they probably just focus on the manga.

  3. good thing, his manga will have an anime adaptation.

    anyway do you have video about daily life about japanese animators?

  4. Wow! amazing!
    I guess my mom was right that in Japan career is their 1st priority, 2nd is pleasure and 3rd is family O_O


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